Our Research and Treatment Team
David H. Barlow, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Barlow is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 575 articles and chapters and over 75 books mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.
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Todd J. Farchione, Ph.D.
Dr. Farchione is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He currently directs the Intensive Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). While at CARD, he has achieved the prestigious title of Master Clinician, which is awarded only to those with years of clinical experience and superior supervisory skills. His research focuses on understanding emotion regulation processes, identifying mechanisms of change in treatment, and on developing new preventative measures and improved treatments for emotional disorders. Dr. Farchione teaches, guest lectures, and conducts professional training workshops on the nature and treatment of emotional disorders and has been recognized for his dedication to improving training of clinicians and dissemination of empirically supported treatments.
Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D.
Dr. Sauer-Zavala is a Research Assistant Professor in Boston University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Sauer-Zavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky; she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral internship at Boston University. Her research is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms (particularly high risk symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors) and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies. She is currently the principal investigator on a career development award funded by the National Institute of Mental Health aimed at identifying best practices for addressing strong emotions in borderline personality disorder. Dr. Sauer-Zavala is also the director of the Unified Protocol Institute, a training program with the mission of disseminating evidence-based treatment for emotional disorders. Finally, Dr. Sauer-Zavala maintains a small clinical practice at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders in Boston, MA.
Stephanie Jarvi Steele, Ph.D.
Dr. Steele is a Research Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Steele’s research has focused on furthering understanding of the psychiatric correlates that maintain self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. She is also interested in the role of identity in the context of risk behaviors, personality psychopathology, and laboratory-based behavioral methodology. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Steele is trained in evidence-based psychotherapy and sees outpatients at CARD. Email Dr. Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hannah Boettcher, M. A.
Hannah is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, and is currently on internship at the Lexington VA Medical Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University. Her research interests include transdiagnostic vulnerabilities for emotional disorders, mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral interventions, and dissemination of empirically supported treatments. Hannah’s experience is focused in social anxiety, and she is also interested in the effects of mental health treatment on quality of life. As an undergraduate, Hannah was a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at Brown University and worked as a mental health advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Amantia Ametaj, M. A.
Amantia is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include mechanisms of actions for emotional disorders, treatment resistant populations, health psychology, and the etiology of mental health disorders. Amantia graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology and history and worked as research assistant in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab prior to beginning graduate school.
Clair Cassiello, M. A.
Clair is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include treatment of co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders, treatment of impulsive behavior and violent behavior, and the dissemination of evidence based treatments. She is also interested in impulsivity as a transdiagnostic factor across psychopathologies. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Clair received her B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College and worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Depression Clinical and Research Program.
Julianne Wilner, M. A.
Julianne is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include the development and implementation of transdiagnostic, cognitive-behavioral treatments of anxiety and mood disorders. She is also interested in the role of emotion-focused mechanisms in emotional disorders, particularly in co-morbid anxiety and borderline personality disorder. Julianne received her B.A. in psychology from Boston University and worked as a clinical research coordinator in Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Brittany Woods, M.A.
Brittany is a first year doctoral student in the and Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. She received her BS in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and MA in Psychology from BU, and she worked as a research assistant at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. Generally, her research interests are in the transdiagnostic mechanisms underlying the maintenance and treatment of emotional disorders. In particular, she is interested in how elements of treatment interact to improve symptoms, and at which point in treatment they produce greatest change.
Andrew Curreri, B.A.
Andrew is a first-year graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. He is interested in understanding mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapies with the goal of optimizing treatment delivery based on individual patient characteristics. He is also interested in nonspecific treatment factors such as expectancy, adherence, and therapeutic alliance. Andrew graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology and worked as a research technician in the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab.
Olenka S. Olesnycky, B.S.
Olenka is currently the Research and Administrative Assistant to Dr. David Barlow. She received her B.S. in behavioral neuroscience at Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, Olenka’s co-op was at CARD in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, under Dr. Todd Farchione, as a fulltime Research Assistant. After her co-op, she continued on working as a Research Assistant on the Transdiagnostic Treatment Study for a year until graduation. Her research interests include the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders, specifically in the adolescent and young adult populations. She aims to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.
Sophia Sbi, B.S.
Sophia Sbi is Dr. Farchione’s research assistant for the Study for Alcohol Reduction at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She recently graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She is also working with Dr. Rossellini on his study for developing risk algorithms for the course and etiology of internalizing disorders. Prior to working at CARD, Sophia was an intern at both the Center for Early Detection, Assessment & Response to Risk (CEDAR), and the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Sophia’s research interests lie in anxiety and its related disorders, more specifically, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In the future, she hopes to focus her research on underserved populations and low-income individuals. She is also looking forward to continuing her academic career by pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology.
Mengxing Wang, M.A.
Mengxing is a research assistant in Dr. Farchione’s lab. She went to Boston College and got a master’s degree in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology. After that, she clarified her interest in clinical psychology and continued her study at Boston University and got a master’s degree in Psychology. Her research interest lies in the psychopathology of and evidence-based treatments for emotional disorders, especially depression. She is also working with Dr. Michael Lyons from the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging lab. They are currently collaborating on two papers: one looking at the comorbidity of antisocial personality disorder and major depressive disorder, and the other looking at the correlation between polygenic risk scores for depression, brain morphology, and number of depressive symptoms. She is looking forward to continuing her studies in a doctoral program in clinical psychology, with a focus on emotional disorders, especially depression.
Danyelle Pagan, B.A.
Danyelle is a research assistant for the Study for Alcohol Reduction under Dr. Todd Farchione. Danyelle graduated from Boston University in May 2017 with a B.A. in psychology. As an undergraduate, Danyelle was a research assistant for the Borderline Personality Disorder, Emotion, & Suicide Treatment (BEST) Lab and the Social Development and Learning Lab. She was involved in the Boston University chapter of Active Minds, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and reducing stigma around mental health. Danyelle is broadly interested in borderline personality disorder, depression, self-injurious behaviors, and internalizing behaviors. She plans on attending medical school and specializing in psychiatry.
Caroline Gallo is a third year Psychology undergraduate student at Northeastern University. At Northeastern she participates in the Undergraduate Researchers of Neuroscience, and volunteers for the Cognition and Brain Health Laboratory. Her interest in clinical psychology, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy, has brought her to CARD. Caroline hopes to one day earn her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and become a practicing therapist.
Previous Lab Members
Jacqueline Bullis, Ph.D.
Dr. Bullis is a recent graduate student of Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include transdiagnostic treatment development and the dissemination and implementation of empirically-supported treatments. She is also interested in the role of sleep disturbance as a transdiagnostic process across emotional disorders. Prior to graduate school, Jackie received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and worked as a clinical research assistant in Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Kate Bentley, Ph.D.
Dr. Bentley is a recent graduate student of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Broadly, her research interests lie in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral treatment for emotional disorders. She is particularly interested in maladaptive processes characterized by emotion dysregulation common across these conditions, namely nonsuicidal and suicidal self-injurious behavior. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Kate received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Amherst College and worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Heather Murray Latin, Ph.D.
Dr. Latin received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She completed her predoctoral internship training at Brown Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University, focusing on cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety and mood disorders as well as substance use disorders. Dr. Latin was a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University and collaborated on several of the federally funded research projects at CARD. Dr. Latin’s research interests include examining underlying mechanisms of distress tolerance in anxiety disorders and nicotine dependence, as well as the study of dissemination and implementation of empirically supported treatments.
James F. Boswell, Ph.D.
Dr. Boswell received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. He completed his predoctoral internship at Brown University Medical School. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), with a primary focus on the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. Dr. Boswell’s research and scholarly interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, information processing in psychotherapy for emotional disorders, psychotherapy integration, and psychotherapy training.
Matthew Gallagher, Ph.D.
Dr. Gallagher completed his doctorate in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a predoctoral internship at the Behavioral Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA. His research focuses on how positive thinking promotes well-being and provides resilience for PTSD and other anxiety disorders. In particular, he is interested in how positive thinking constructs (e.g. hope and optimism) function as mechanisms of change of empiricallysupported treatments for anxiety disorders. Matt is also very interested in how advances methods of longitudinal data analysis (e.g. SEM, latent growth curve modeling, multilevel modeling) can be used within the context of clinical psychology research.
Kristen Ellard, Ph.D.
Dr. Ellard is a past graduate of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy track. Her primary research interests are in characterizing neural mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy, exploring neural correlates of transdiagnostic versus disorder-specific cognitive and affective processing in the emotional disorders, and investigating the transdiagnostic treatment of bipolar and comorbid anxiety disorders.
Christopher P. Fairholme, Ph.D.
Dr. Fairholme is a past graduate student of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. He received a B.S. in psychology from Arizona State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University. Dr. Fairholme is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. His primary research interests are in the nature and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, with a particular focus on understanding and treating diagnostic comorbidity. His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying comorbidity, and Dr. Fairholme has conducted studies evaluating the role of emotion dysregulation and sleep disturbance in the pathogenesis and maintenance of emotional disorders.
Nina Wong Sarver, Ph.D.
Dr. Wong Sarver was a postdoctoral research associate in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and completed her NIMH-sponsored T32 predoctoral internship in psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her broad academic and clinical research interests include: 1) the assessment and psychopathology of emotional disorders, and 2) the development and dissemination of theoretically-driven efficacious cognitive-behavioral treatments for children and adults with anxiety. Her ongoing research interests focus on the use of technology to enhance clinical practice, research, and dissemination. In August 2014, Dr. Wong Sarver joined the faculty at the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Laren Conklin, Ph.D.
Dr. Conklin received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System with a research externship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Conklin was the past postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), where her emphasis is on the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. Dr. Conklin has a particular interest in identifying ways of refining empirically-supported treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. Her recent research has focused on the identification of psychotherapy process variables that are related to higher client engagement and better treatment outcomes.
Johanna Thompson-Hollands, M. A.
Johanna is a recent graduate of the the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University and her Masters Degree in psychology from Boston University. Before joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Johanna worked at the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital, a residential treatment facility providing exposure and response prevention (ERP) to patients from across the country. After leaving the position at McLean, Johanna worked as a research coordinator in the Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Neurotherapeutics Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. There she worked on studies involving fMRI and PET imaging, as well as studies of deep-brain stimulation for the treatment of major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Johanna’s research interests include treatment development and outcome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and family interventions.
Jenna Carl, M. A.
Jenna is a recent graduate of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research focuses on the role of positive emotion in anxiety and mood disorders, psychotherapy process and outcomes, and development of novel interventions for preventing or treating emotional disorders. Prior to graduate school, Jenna worked as a Research Assistant at BU’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) and as a Study Coordinator at UCSF for a longitudinal study of stress and coping in dementia caregivers. She also assisted with a longitudinal study on age and emotion in long-term married couples in UC Berkeley’s Psychophysiology laboratory. She received an M.A. in clinical psychology from BU and B.A. in history from Cornell University.
Meghan Fortune, B. S.
Meghan Fortune is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Previously she was Dr. David H. Barlow’s Research and Administrative Assistant. She received a B.S. in psychology from Northeastern University in May 2011. Her research interests include transdiagnostic constructs of psychopathology and evidence-based treatment development and dissemination. She aims to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.
Ujunwa Anakwenze, B.A.
Ujunwa is a Research & Project Assistant at the Center for Social Innovation in Needham, MA where her work focuses primarily on addressing issues related to homelessness and mental illness. Prior to this, she was a Research Coordinator for the Transdiagnostic Treatment Study at CARD. She graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology and a secondary field in Psychology. Ujunwa worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the McNally Lab at Harvard where she contributed to an attention bias modification study for speech anxiety and a study that examined autobiographical memory and prospection deficits in complicated grief. She also assisted with a study at the Family Institute at Northwestern University aimed at the development of a couples therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Her research interests include trauma, community and global mental health, the development of programs for psychosocial support, and the impact of social support on treatment outcomes.
Katherine Kennedy, B. S.
Katherine Kennedy is graduate student at Fordham University Clinical Psychology PhD Program. Prior to this, she was the Research and Administrative Assistant to Dr. David H. Barlow. She received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Miami in May 2013. Her research interests include the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral interventions. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Katherine worked as an undergraduate research assistant at Dr. Joormann’s Mood and Anxiety Lab at the University of Miami where she contributed to a study that examined the relationship between cognitive control and interpretation biases with the effectiveness of cognitive reappraisal. She aims to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.